Gaelic Punch Recipe

Gaelic Punch
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A hot punch with plenty of Irish whiskey kick for those long, cold winter nights with good friends. Makes about 14 drinks.


One 750-ml bottle Irish whiskey
3/4 cup Demerara or other raw sugar
40 ounces boiling water
Strips of zest from 6 lemons, plus 6 thin lemon slices, each studded with 4 cloves, for garnish
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg, for garnish

Preparation: How to make a Gaelic Punch

  1. In a heatproof bowl, muddle the lemon zest with the sugar. Let stand for 1 to 2 hours.
  2. Muddle again, add 8 ounces boiling water and stir until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Strain into a warm heatproof bowl and stir in the whiskey.
  4. Add the remaining 32 ounces of boiling water and garnish with the studded lemon slices and nutmeg.
Gaelic Punch